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American Civil War Weapons

The American Civil War was fought on the verge of a military revolution in small arms. Both the Confederate and Union forces were armed with a combination of weapons on their last legs and new items that became the forefathers of modern artillery, including cavalry swords and sabers.

Modern cartridge rifles like the Spencer repeating carbine showed the world what the rifle could be and that repeaters were the future of infantry rifles. The Union forces make extensive use of the Gatling gun, which while not technically a machine gun, did reveal it as a possibility. Bayonets of different styles and types were still heavy employed, as well as a variety of different muskets. Muskets came from American factories, and were imported from French, Prussian, and Belgian sources.


Quick Facts

  • The Lemat revolver was a French design that employed a unique shotgun barrel placed beneath the normal barrel
  • The Gatling gun was invented by a doctor named Richard Gatling
  • The Civil War was the last major conflict in which swords were used with regularity

Recommended Items at Auction

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Richmond Armory Va. Rifle 1861
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Richmond Armory Va. Rifle 1861
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1,90014 Bids
(2) Pair Civil War Brass Knuckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(2) Pair Civil War Brass Knuckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$22512 Bids
CIVIL WAR CARBINE ENFIELD MODEL 1853 GETTYSBURG
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
CIVIL WAR CARBINE ENFIELD MODEL 1853 GETTYSBURG
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$52511 Bids
Civil War Bowie
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$17510 Bids
US CIVIL WAR MODEL 1860 CAVALRY SABER.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
US CIVIL WAR MODEL 1860 CAVALRY SABER.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$6509 Bids
Rare Samuel Colt Civil War Revolver
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Samuel Colt Civil War Revolver
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2108 Bids
Emerson & Silver M1860 Cavalry Saber Sword
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Emerson & Silver M1860 Cavalry Saber Sword
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$3757 Bids
1832 U.S. Springfield Rifle
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
1832 U.S. Springfield Rifle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
N.C. Civil War Relic And Reunion Estate Collection
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
N.C. Civil War Relic And Reunion Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$856 Bids
3 Civil War Pocket Knives
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Civil War Pocket Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$805 Bids
Collection of over 100 Civil War Minnie Balls
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Collection of over 100 Civil War Minnie Balls
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$904 Bids
Civil War Britton 3” Bolt marked “C.S.S. Georgia”
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War Britton 3” Bolt marked “C.S.S. Georgia”
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Civil War Hotchkiss 14 pound Case Shot
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War Hotchkiss 14 pound Case Shot
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Civil War K.C. Sword
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War K.C. Sword
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$303 Bids
(A) FINE CIVIL WAR AMERICAN MACHINE WORKS SMITH'S PATENT CARBINE.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) FINE CIVIL WAR AMERICAN MACHINE WORKS SMITH'S PATENT CARBINE.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6002 Bids
(A) CIVIL WAR ERA ENFIELD PATTERN 1853 PERCUSSION MUSKET
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) CIVIL WAR ERA ENFIELD PATTERN 1853 PERCUSSION MUSKET
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4252 Bids
M-1809 Potsdam .71 Cal. Musket
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
M-1809 Potsdam .71 Cal. Musket
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Group of Civil War Artillery Fuses, Primers
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Group of Civil War Artillery Fuses, Primers
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
(2) Scabbards, 4 blades
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(2) Scabbards, 4 blades
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Civil War Burton Ordinance Rifled Shot
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War Burton Ordinance Rifled Shot
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
Civil War NCO Sword
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War NCO Sword
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$602 Bids
1860 CIVIL WAR STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD CLAMSHELL
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
1860 CIVIL WAR STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD CLAMSHELL
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$72 Bids
Large Sword cut down to a bowie knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Large Sword cut down to a bowie knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
US CIVIL WAR AMES MODEL 1860 NAVAL CUTLASS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
US CIVIL WAR AMES MODEL 1860 NAVAL CUTLASS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid

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